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Looked out the window and some gaps in cloud showed planets. Excited I set up ASAP out facing south. (It’s been a while).
Put a moon filter on my 4.7E and aimed at Jupiter. I thought I had a bit of dust on the lens but carried on anyway.
I could only see 2 moons. The longer I looked it became evident That the dust was black and realised as steady views came it was one of the moons moving across the disc. First time I have seen this so very pleased. Also almost touching the planet to the left I could see another moon appears the longer I look.
Moved to Saturn and things were a little wobbly but once it settled I could see the planets shadow on the back of the rings.
Mars was now above my hedge and at 150x I could see dark patches on the lower half and brightness at the top so maybe I was seeing ice at last. Very small but very nice to see at random opportunity. All in all well worth the dashing setup. I can go to bed happy with what I have seen.
I'm trying to get a photo of Jupiter and Saturn with my Nikon D3000 DSLR but I can't get anything clear. I attached the kind of photos I'm getting with my camera. They end up being too bright and no distinguishable features show up. Is it even possible for my Nikon to get photos of planetary objects like Saturn and Jupiter?
Jupiter with two of its moons, Ganymede and Callisto, imaged with a Skyris 618C CCD through a 8" SCT at f33.
By Cosmic Geoff
An image of Jupiter with a transit of Io, showing the moon and its shadow, plus another moon (Callisto). This was the best of a number of images. I used shorter runs of 3000 images while contending with thin moving cloud, then 5000 when the cloud moved away. But the seeing seemed to deteriorate, so this is the best image. I left the gear out in hopes of imaging Mars later but by 3am on the 18th, the sky had totally clouded over.
Equipment: CPC800, ASI224MC, ADC, processed in Registax6. Best 20% of 3000 frames.
The "Wavelet" section of Registax has six sliders. I have been in the habit of using just the top one, but adding some action with the second one definitely improved last night's set of images.